Friday, 7 December 2012

More for Ebay!

Selling on ebay/etsy is all new to us really - I have been looking at blogs about selling art/dolls on these kinds of sites and I am finding it fun seeing what works and what doesn't! It feels very strange selling dolls this way, we are so used to only selling at fairs and then we get to see the reaction of our customers -very odd lol. But if it works out, it is something we will keep doing as we appreciate not everyone can make it to the big shows! Our next show is possibly Miniatura (we hope to make it) if not we will be at Chicago in April.

Aidy and I will have been making dolls for 10 years in 2013 and we will also be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. So lots of things are going to change at Lilyelf to mark these occasions! We have a very cute idea to work on...hopefully it won't take too long to get pictures if it all works out, we are also going to be changing a few things about the way we make dolls and become even more focused on our automata as it is proving very popular!

Here are this weeks ebay offerings - hope you like them!


Monday, 26 November 2012

Ebay Sales...

We are selling some of our work on ebay - we don't do this often! We usually just don't have time to make dolls for shows and to sell online as we do so many shows in a normal Lilyelf year, but because we have had almost two years away from doing British shows - due to family illness -and have only been doing Chicago and Philadelphia, we thought it may be an idea to start using the Internet to reach customers old and new, now that finally we have the time!

As this is our first time listing dolls on ebay in well over two or more years, we have started some at a low price and some even start as little as $1.00 as a Black Friday special. Now is the time to buy! They would make the perfect gift for Christmas for yourself or a loved one - we will continue listing on ebay and see how people respond to our work this way!

Below are our current listings - click on the name of the doll to go to the listing!


Thursday, 22 November 2012

The Show must go on... Philadelphia Miniaturia

Well, hurricane Sandy thwarted our plans...but she didn't stop us! We had two flights cancelled and had to fly out two days later than planned. We were so happy to bump into Penny Thomson at the airport and she joined us in the ride to the hotel - which was brave of her as we had hired a car and yes we got lost more than once! But we did stop for coffee along the way so it was not all bad...
The fact we arrived late meant we were not in time for our workshop which was sold out and some students couldn't make it either, but with huge thanks to Kim and the determination that is the backbone of all hardcore miniaturists, we did manage to run the workshops in two shifts!

It was so lovely to spend quality time with our students and we really appreciate the effort made by those who could make it!

As ever NAME put on a great night before the show and the best part was us getting to 'play' too! Aidy and I had so much fun making things - we made mini pastries, a little house, an autumn wreath and a record holder! We had so much fun and we can't thank this friendly bunch enough for their kindness, willingness to help and general enthusiasm! It was one of the many high-lights of the show...


Show report to follow...

Wednesday, 21 November 2012


Sorry we have been away for so long... In my wisdom I asked Aidy to write a blog post last May to keep you up to date but as ever it was one of the things he half did lol but as I just came across it and it made me smile I thought I would share, although can I just point out we are only just getting to the whole ebay listing! enjoy...

Hello readers, with Roz away at her mums' for the forseeable future (my unfortunate mother-in-law fell quite badly in a Bathroom related incident last week and broke her leg in several places, so Roz has dutifully gone to help out. Btw yes, you read that right about the Bathroom. Don't ask. Besides, according to some stuff I just looked up 90% of accidents occur in the home. 4 people died last year just putting their trousers on so... just take care, ok?) it falls to me, Aidy, the “elf” in “Lilyelf”, to man the lifeboats, take one for the team and generally hold the baby round here.

Yes that's right, if this were a sitcom the scene would open with me waving Roz goodbye before attempting some seemingly innocuous task – opening a tin of beans, say – followed by the screen going black and flashing up the legend “2 minutes later...” cut to a shot of me sitting holding a tin opener and looking forlorn while the house simultaneously burns down, gets washed away in a flood and is attacked by zombie ostriches.

I'm not normally trusted to talk to strange people (are you allowed to be listening to one?); so it's quite an honour to be permitted to write a blog entry and, mad with power, I've decided to try listing a few of our dolls on Ebay.

You heard me right, folks, we've taken leave of our senses down here at Lilyelf towers and we're auctioning off some superb miniature creations in a pay yer money takes yer chance, winner takes all, everything must go grab-a-bargain bonanza!

I'll be putting up some porcelain character dolls from our own collection (moulds made by me, exclusive to Lilyelf), as well as some brand new one-of-kind dolls. The dolls are made to the same high detail and quality of finish as any that some of you will have seen or, indeed, purchased from our stand over the years. Actually, come to think of it, a couple of them have actually been out on the stand for sale recently in Chicago.

I must admit my main motivation is curiosity. My mate Daz (not a miniaturist, more of a bass player) is a massive Ebay zealot and he's always buying and selling a plethora of strange and wondrous items (quite pleased I managed to use a sentence with the word “plethora” in it there). There's a kind of logic at play here, too; Roz being away has made creating new work logistically challenging as we send stuff back and forth so we've agreed to try and use the time to wrap up some commissions. (On which note, Julie, if you're reading this, I haven't forgotten that swimming pool you ordered two years ago...) And our next show is in October so in the meantime I've got all these little people sitting here just looking at me...

Now where's that Zombie Ostrich Repellent..?